Fancy equipment is awesome. If you have better equipment than the next guy, you’re already a step ahead of the game.
Well designed training programs kick ass too. If a good coach writes you a well thought out and individualized program, chances are your training is gonna be just a little bit better than the masses.
But in todays world, this stuff is often readily available at a gym, online, or anywhere else in between. If you’re willing to spend a little bit of money, both of these things can be yours.
However, there is one factor that makes a WORLDS difference in your training and health. And it can’t be bought.I’m talking about culture.
Culture is the sum of attitude, beliefs, and customs that distinguishes one group of people from another. And it is absolutely incredible for helping you create and maintain success with regards to your health and fitness.
I may not be the biggest fan of Crossfit, but they have done an absolutely amazing job of creating a one of a kind culture and sense of community among it’s participants. People who do Crossfit LOVE telling you about it. They LOVE posting about it. And they LOVE being a part of something bigger than just themselves. I’ve actually heard a decent amount of jokes about the culture Crossfit has been able to cultivate since its start.
How can you tell someone does Crossfit? Don’t worry, they’ve already told you.
A vegan and Crossfitter walk into a bar. I only know because they told everyone within 30 seconds.It’s this culture that has allowed Crossfit to absolutely EXPLODE in terms of growth since its creation. And people love being a part of it. It helps them stay committed. It makes them want to go to the gym, makes them want to work out, makes them want to get better.
And sometimes you just can’t get this on your own.
Me personally, I like lifting and training by myself. But the few times I have trained with a buddy or a group of guys, I’d be lying if I said they weren’t pretty damn good lifts. But you don’t even need to train with other people to be part of a great culture. Just by being around like minded individuals, it can help elevate your work ethic, commitment, and overall effort. And this can only lead to higher levels of success.
I’ll use myself as an example again. I’m now working out of a facility with three guys who I have a ton of respect for. From a knowledge standpoint they’re on another level. And in terms of strength and physical capabilities, they make me look like a malnourished school child. And this is only going to help me grow for the better!You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. So if your goal is to become a bonafide badass motherf(shut yo mouth)ker, surround yourself with other badass motherf(children don’t read this word)kers!
So take a look at yourself and your current situation. What is the culture like surrounding you? Does it help foster continual improvement and success? Is it just maintaining the status quo? Or even worse, is it detrimental to your success?
Being a part of a great culture can make a huge difference in terms of your overall training and health. Surround yourself with people who you strive to be like, who will push you to be better and watch the positive correlation between your own personal growth and that environment. You won’t be disappointed.
Concerned reader: “Chris, where is your new facility… you didn’t even tell us!!”
Me: “Oh, so sorry. It’s called Xplosive Sports Performance Lab on 650 Kresson Road in Cherry Hill.”
Once concerned but now intrigued reader: “Is the culture great there?”
Me: “The best. Plus we have pretty damn good equipment aaaaaand pretty damn good coaches.”
Intrigued reader: “Was that a shameless plug?”
Come check us out 😉